Rio Grande Sports Information
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. - If there was ever any question as to how quickly the complexion of a college basketball game can change, one need look no further than Saturday afternoon's River States Conference matchup between the University of Rio Grande and 22nd-ranked West Virginia University-Tech.
The Golden Bears broke open a nip-and-tuck contest with a 19-2 run over a span of 5-1/2 minutes in the second half and rolled to a 90-68 win over the RedStorm in men's action at the Baisi Athletic Center.
Tech improved to 20-5 overall and 12-1 in league play with its 11th straight victory, completing a season sweep of Rio Grande in the process.
The RedStorm slipped to 11-15 overall and 6-7 in the RSC as a result of the loss.
Rio Grande jumped to a 13-4 lead out of the gate and led throughout most of the first half. In fact, the Golden Bears didn't get their first lead until a pair of free throws by Kievonn Banks with 2:03 remaining before halftime gave the home team a 30-29 lead.
Tech opened up a 35-31 lead inside the final minute of the half, but the RedStorm forged a 35-all tie by the intermission and trailed just 42-41 after a bucket by junior Devon Price (Pickerington, OH) with 18:06 left in the contest.
The Golden Bears responded by scoring the next eight points and 19 of the next 21 points to open up a 61-43 cushion after a Michael Scott three-pointer with 12:42 left to play.
Rio got no closer than 16 points the rest of the way and Tech pushed its lead to as many as 24 points on three occasions before settling on the 22-point final margin.
The Golden Bears shot 50.8 percent for the game (32-for-63), but connected on a sizzling 62.5 percent of its shots in the second half (20-for-32).
Tech also enjoyed a 43-33 edge in rebounding and committed just nine turnovers.
Rio Grande hit 20 of its 56 shots overall (35.7%), but was a frosty 27.6 percent (8-for-29) in the second half.
Junior guard Will Hill (Worthington, OH) scored a game-high 22 points in a losing cause for the RedStorm, while freshman Stanley Christian (Norfolk, VA) and junior Kenny Council (Jacksonville, FL) tossed in 14 and 10 points, respectively. Senior Josh Thompson (Bronx, NY) finished with a team-high 10 rebounds.
Ryan Atkins led a quartet of double-digit scorers for the Golden Bears with 20 points to go along with a game-best five assists. Michael Scott added 19 points - all in the second half - and Junior Arrey netted 14 points.
Tech also was the beneficiary of 11 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and a game-high five assists from Elisha Boone.
Rio Grande will return to action on Tuesday night, hosting No. 7 Indiana University East in an 8 p.m. tipoff at the Newt Oliver Arena.